But Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) said the rules package for the next congressional session will not include mandatory ethics sessions, Roll Call reported last week. “We look at the Constitution and say 25 years old, elected, and that’s your obligations,” Sessions said to explain why it was not “proper” to make such training required.
After the election, Cicilline and Rigell sent a letter to Sessions and rules ranking member Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) arguing that annual ethics training would be “crucial to restoring the American people’s confidence and trust in Congress.” They argue that some ethics rules are unclear or fluid, and lawmakers could benefit from some clarity and refreshers.
Of course, it probably isn’t necessary since members of Congress are already so well-behaved …
The DCCC quickly jumped on the news Monday, putting out a statement saying, “If House Republicans are trying to break their own record for the most unpopular congress in history, ignoring calls for mandatory ethics training is a great way to start.”
And Cicilline told the Loop in an e-mail that “the idea that members of Congress can’t take an hour out of their schedule during the whole year to learn the ethics rules is ridiculous.”